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UConn outlasts Alabama, will face Purdue for national title



GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If there's one play from UConn's win over Alabama on Saturday night that typified the Huskies' run toward back-to-back national championships, it wasn't a Donovan Clingan blocked shot or an Alex Karaban transition 3-pointer.

It was Tristen Newton, calmly standing off to the side chewing his gum, then slowly working his way back to the ball to receive a pass and bury a 3-pointer to give UConn a nine-point lead midway through the second half.

Aside from having the nation's best offense and a top-five defense, one thing that has separated the Huskies is their unflappability.